Birch branches and Cymbidium.
I'm constantly hunting for new vases to be used for ikebana. On my last trip to Sweden I found several goodies. This one is a small ceramic vase by Mari Simmulson for Uppsala Ekeby. I haven't investigated the production number but from the look of it I would guess that this vase was designed in the 1940s or 1950s. I think it looks great with a simplified arrangement such as this one, with just one birch branch and two yellow Cymbidium flowers. The vase has a brown, orange and blue glaze and the shape seems inspired by Japanese or Chinese vases - how appropriate.